Heirloom Knives

Like most boys I have had an obsession with knives as long as I can remember.  It was the desire to forge my own blade that led me to blacksmithing in the first place and I have spent the years since working to perfect the craft of bladesmithing.  My knives are made to use, not hang on the wall.  They are simple, graceful, and functional.  Most of my knives are forged as close to finish as possible so they retain their forge texture.  This combined with natural handle materials gives them a look and feel that takes one back to a simpler time when a tool was a daily companion.  I use salvaged material when I can but also use 1084 carbon steel.  Each knife is heirloom quality and is sure to be something your kids fight over when your gone! 

French Trade Knife

This small belt knife features a 4 1/2” blade of 1084 carbon steel.  Using the same techniques that have been used for thousands of years I forged this blade to shape, cleaned it up with a belt sander and tempered it to create a knife that will hold a keen edge.  The 4 1/2” maple burl handle features a wrought iron bolster that is secured with two pins.  Comes with a hand stitched vegetable tanned sheath that has been stained dark brown and accented with deer rawhide and reinforced with deer sinew stitching at the stress points.

Bushcraft Knife

Similar in design to Nessmuk’s favorite knife, this knife is a perfect example of form following function. The 4” full tang blade is forged from 1084 carbon steel and fitted with a locally harvested walnut handle that is then charred black, sanded and oiled.  The hand stitched vegetable tanned sheath is stained black to match the knife.  Agood simple knife for everyday use!

Damascus Bushcraft Knife

For this knife I started with six layers each of 15n20 and 1084 carbon steel.  I forge welded this into a solid billet then folded and forge welded until I had 96 layers of steel.  Then I forged the billet to shape.  After some time at the belt sander the knife was tempered and acid etched to show the random pattern in the steel.  This 4 1/2” full tang Kephart style blade features a handle of desert ironwood that measures 4 1/2” as well.  The dangler style sheath is of hand stitched vegetable tanned leather reinforced at stress points with rivets.  

Large Bush Knife

Whether you are breaking trail, clearing land, or preparing for the zombie apocalypse this is the knife for you!  The beefy butcher style blade measures 16” with a 5 1/2” handle of curly maple.  The dangler style sheath is hand stitched from heavy vegetable tanned cowhide and features a hand forged ring.  This knife is made to work!

Maple Burl Belt Knife

Whether you are breaking trail, clearing land, or preparing for the zombie apocalypse this is the knife for you!  The beefy butcher style blade measures 16” with a 5 1/2” handle of curly maple.  The dangler style sheath is hand stitched from heavy vegetable tanned cowhide and features a hand forged ring.  This knife is made to work!

Woodworker’s Marking Knife

Although Blacksmithing is my first love I also do some woodworking here and there. This little knife is for the fine woodworker that wants a marking knife with personality.  Measuring approx. 5 1/2” this knife is forged from an old hay rake tine. The spear point tip works well whether you are left or right handed.  The handle is wrapped in hemp that is then brushed with a waterproof finish.  Comes with a vegetable tanned sheath stained dark brown.   Makes a great gift for your favorite woodwright!

Rosewood Belt Knife

A simple but classy Basic Utility Knife.  This knife features a 4 1/2" blade with a 4 1/4" handle made of rosewood fretboard scraps leftover from my banjo building adventures.  Bolster is poured pewter and blade is forged from 1084 carbon steel.  Comes with a hand stitched vegetable tanned sheath.  

Birch Burl Belt Knife 

EDC Hemp Wrap Knife 

A budget friendly Every Day Carry knife.  Forged from 1084 carbon steel this little blade measures approx. 6" overall with a 3 1/4" hemp wrapped handle.  The wrap is brushed with a waterproof glue to protect it.  The sheath is leather lined with kydex for a strong friction fit, making it safe to carry in your pocket.  Also has belt loops on each side to carry horizontal left or right handed.  Great knife for all the daily chores, parring, pencil sharpening, letter opening.....

Birch Burl Damascus #1

This knife starts as 16 alternating layers of two different steels. I forge welded and fold the steel until I have 256 layers.  Blade measures 4 3/4" with a 4 1/4"birch burl handle.  Bolster is poured pewter.  To finish my handles I submerge in linseed oil overnight then hand rub them with a mixture of oil and beeswax.  Comes with a hand stitched vegetable tanned sheath.

Birch Burl Damascus #2

This blade started life as a bandsaw blade and metal strapping from the lumber yard.  I took 8 layers of each and stacked them alternately.  After forge welding them into a solid billet I folded and forge welded until I had512 layers.  This blade measures 4 1/4" with a 4" handle of birch burl.  Bolster is poured pewter.  Sheath is hand stitiched vegetable tanned leather.  

 

 

Birch Burl Damascus #3